Articles tagged “low-cost carriers”

The Battle for the Future of Airlines Is Still Being Fought Over the Atlantic

The Battle for the Future of Airlines Is Still Being Fought Over the Atlantic

Patrick Whyte, Skift

For economic reasons, the transatlantic aviation market has been a hotbed of innovation since the first direct flight almost 100 years ago. Building on the foundations set before, the new disrupters believe we are on the verge of a huge change. Will it last?

5 days ago

Norwegian Air to Debut London to Singapore Route With Discounted Airfares

Norwegian Air to Debut London to Singapore Route With Discounted Airfares

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The budget airline's expansion to Asia will be operated by Norwegian UK, a Gatwick-based subsidiary. Insiders hint that the low-cost carrier will use this subsidiary to open other routes in Asia, Africa, and South America.

1 week ago

Ryanair Moves Closer to Adopting a Hub-And-Spoke Model

Ryanair Moves Closer to Adopting a Hub-And-Spoke Model

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Point-to-point flying (as opposed to hub-and-spoke service) has allowed Ryanair to avoid the costs of providing baggage transfer and other assistance. But the Irish airline will now allow some of its customers to connect from one flight to another.

3 weeks ago

Ryanair Thinks Politicians Are Starting to Listen To Brexit Threat

Ryanair Thinks Politicians Are Starting to Listen To Brexit Threat

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given some of the misplaced comments made by UK ministers tasked with leading the country's exit from the European Union, Ryanair's comments might be a touch optimistic. Still, the importance of aviation to both sides means that some form of deal will likely be done by March 2019 to avoid a worst-case scenario of grounded aircraft.

3 weeks ago

AirAsia Wants a Piece of The Growing Travel Market in Vietnam

AirAsia Wants a Piece of The Growing Travel Market in Vietnam

John Boudreau and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

With fuel still relatively cheap it is a good time for airlines to think about expansion, especially into fast-growing markets such as Vietnam. The only problem for AirAsia is that the country is already well-served by a couple of low-cost carriers.

4 weeks ago

Travelers Love Norwegian Air’s Transatlantic Fares but Investors May Have Doubts

Travelers Love Norwegian Air’s Transatlantic Fares but Investors May Have Doubts

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Norwegian Air has a large and seemingly loyal customer base. But it has been growing quickly, and its new Boeing planes are expensive to buy and operate. Plus, legacy carriers could prove to be tough competitors. Investors have reasons to be wary.

1 month ago

Virgin Atlantic Heading Toward Loss Thanks to Brexit and Low-Cost Competition

Virgin Atlantic Heading Toward Loss Thanks to Brexit and Low-Cost Competition

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Looks like it could be a tough couple of years for Virgin Atlantic. Even if the Brexit vote hadn't happened the airline would have still faced a squeeze from the increased level of competition on its transatlantic routes.

1 month ago

Skift Forum Europe: Norwegian Air Hopes Its Low-Cost Revolution Is Just Beginning

Skift Forum Europe: Norwegian Air Hopes Its Low-Cost Revolution Is Just Beginning

Brian Sumers, Skift

When others said low-cost, long-haul air travel might not work, Norwegian Air CEO Bjørn Kjos thought differently. So far he has been right — Norwegian's long-haul flights are popular with passengers — but legacy carriers are starting to fight back. It'll be interesting to watch Norwegian battle with them over the coming years.

1 month ago

Why Flights Are So Cheap (And You Might Hate Yours): 5 Podcast Takeaways

Why Flights Are So Cheap (And You Might Hate Yours): 5 Podcast Takeaways

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Ultra-low-cost flights may be seductive, but nothing in life is free, including those airfare savings.

1 month ago

UK Transport Secretary Reveals Little About Reasoning Behind Electronics Ban

UK Transport Secretary Reveals Little About Reasoning Behind Electronics Ban

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The fact that Grayling’s comments came on the same day as a terrorist attack on London underlines the threat posed. Nevertheless, so many questions remain unanswered: why are the destinations covered different to the U.S.? What about those traveling with hand luggage only? What about insurance? For the moment, there is plenty of confusion.

1 month ago

British Airways Parent Reveals Its Long-Haul, Low-Cost Carrier Level

British Airways Parent Reveals Its Long-Haul, Low-Cost Carrier Level

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's been a quick turnaround for IAG, which only announced plans for a low-cost, long-haul airline in December. The legacy carriers have clearly been spooked by Norwegian's initiatives and are now working to compete in this new landscape.

1 month ago

Ryanair’s Next Target is Challenging Wizz Air in Ukraine

Ryanair’s Next Target is Challenging Wizz Air in Ukraine

Volodymyr Verbyany, Bloomberg

Ryanair mulled North American expansion but then looked at opportunities closer to home and decided it wants to compete with fellow low-cost carrier Wizz Air at its Eastern European hubs in Ukraine and possibly elsewhere in the region.

1 month ago